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Wegmans Recalls Chilled Prepared Foods that Contain Diced White Onions Sold at Three Pennsylvania Stores Only



Jo Natale,
director of media relations,

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -July 27, 2012 -Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is recalling prepared foods that contain chopped/diced white onions as an ingredient because the onions have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

There have been no reports of illness in connection with these products.  The affected products are as follows:

Available on the self-serve Fresh Foods, Veggie, or Homestyle Cold Bars:

  • Uncooked chopped/diced white onions
  • Southwest Chilled Stew with Red and White Beans

Available packaged in the Cold Prepared Foods Case (ready to cook at home):

  • Wegmans Veggie Pizza, large 56 oz.  16 inch  UPC 23771701399
  • Wegmans Veggie Pizza, medium 28 oz. 12 inch  UPC 23771100999

Available through special order only (deli catering):

  • Wingless Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip, 32 oz.  UPC 21783202199
  • Crab/Pepper Jack Dip, 32 oz.  UPC 21784002199

The affected products were sold only at the following Wegmans store locations during the periods listed.  No other Wegmans stores are affected by this recall:

  • Downingtown, PA (7/11 through 7/26/12)
  • Collegeville, PA (7/18 through 7/26/12)
  • Allentown, PA (7/19 through 7/26/12)

The onions are a product of Gill Onions, LLC, which initiated a recall of the onions on July 18, and were supplied to Wegmans by Primo Produce of Allentown, PA.

Consumers who may still have these products in their refrigerator or freezer should discard them and return to the service desk for a refund.  If consumers have additional questions or concerns, please contact Wegmans at (800) 934-6267, and ask for consumer affairs, M – F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 80-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for fifteen consecutive years. In 2012, Wegmans ranked #4 on the list.


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